News and events from New Zealand eScience Infrastructure (NeSI).
Issue No. 45
September 2018

Priorities for conservation of NZ’s ecosystems and species

“The computation for a single run was taking up to two hours on our local machine. Now we’re at a point where we’ve run up to 1,000 different scenarios with NeSI.”

NeSI has been working with New Zealand’s Department of Conservation (DOC) to improve their methods for decision-making around conservation strategy and allocation of conservation resources.


Squeezing performance from community code SPECFEM3D

“I’m looking forward to continuing my projects using this powerful system.”

The right compiler can make all the difference. By working with NeSI support staff and using one of NeSI's newer supercomputers, GNS Science seismologist Dr. Yoshihiro Kaneko found a way to run his earthquake simulations 2.5 times faster than before.

Farewell to Pan: A NeSI workhorse

Operating since 2012, Pan supported the research of thousands of users across New Zealand.

With our newest platform, Mahuika, now available to all NeSI users, we said goodbye to Pan on 31 August 2018. For six years, Pan provided an outstanding service for New Zealand researchers, supporting a diverse set of domains from genomics to astrophysics and many in between.


Machine Learning & Supercomputing

SPECIAL EVENT: Hear from experts and innovators in the field of Artificial Intelligence 

On Tuesday 25 September, NeSI and Cray are bringing together global and local innovators in Artificial Intelligence (AI) to discuss the opportunities and impacts of AI and supercomputing on NZ's research ecosystem. Join us in person in Auckland, or tune in to the livestream.

The future of research powered by HPC

eScience Futures Workshop charting a course for NeSI's future strategy

With NeSI's new advanced platform now in place, we are looking out seven years at how we best position NeSI to power the research of tomorrow and beyond. We kicked off consultation with an eScience Futures Workshop at eResearch NZ 2018. A reflection report from that workshop is now available.


Research Software Engineers - Input needed! 

Your feedback will help NZ better support and grow its RSE community

Do you develop software used in research? Your input is needed as part of an international survey to learn more about the characteristics, opinions, and career opportunities for Research Software Engineers (RSEs).


Science Coding Conference 2018 a success!

Thank you to everyone who joined us in Rotorua!

The 2018 Science Coding Conference was held in Rotorua at the Scion Campus, set in a backdrop of the redwood forest. It was a great turnout with researchers, research software engineers, programmers from universities, and Crown research institutes from around the country.


In other news...

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  • NeSI's Consultancy Service is currently accepting new requests for support. NeSI consultants can assist with code optimisation, parallelisation, porting to GPUs, custom code development and many other tasks. Get in touch if you are interested to find out more - Note: Researchers with Merit or Collaborator projects can access this service at no cost to themselves.
  • NeSI is a finalist in the 2018 New Zealand Open Source Awards! Our work with the Software Carpentry Project earned us a nomination in the Open Source Use in Science category. Congratulations to everyone who helped us grow our partnership with The Carpentries, including Cam McLean, Mark Gahegan, Nick Jones, Georgina Rae, Mik Black, Jonah Duckles, and Murray Cadzow. We'll find out the award results at the NZOSA Gala Dinner on 23 October. Join us - there's still time to grab a ticket!
  • Applications are now open for the 2nd Advanced Scientific Programming in Python Asia-Pacific summer school (Canberra, 20-27 January 2019). Registration is free, and there are a limited number of travel scholarships available. Apply by 07 October!
  • Call for Papers: The Thirteenth International Conference on Digital Society and eGovernments (ICDS 2019) is accepting paper submissions until 13 October. The event will be hosted in Greece, Athens 24-28 February 2019. Click here for more information and to submit.
  • Are you going to eResearch-Australasia 2018? NeSI will be there! Hosted from 15-19 October in Melbourne, conference workshops will be held on Monday and Tuesday, with the main conference program running from Wednesday to Friday. Click here to view the provisional program


Recent research outputs

Below is a sample of research outputs reported to us by NeSI users. To notify NeSI of your publications, please email

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